4 Solo adaptations of a dance choreographed by Deborah Hay
Four Solo Adaptations of Dance Choreographed by Deborah Hay at Mercury Hall in Austin, TX, February 15 and 16 2012
"I Think Not" is a solo dance that was choreographed by Deborah Hay for the 2011 Solo Performance Commissioning Project. Four of the twenty dancer/choreographers, who attended the project in Findhorn, Scotland, last summer, will perform their solo adaptations of "I Think Not".
Deborah Hay has conducted the Solo Performance Commissioning Project in Findhorn, Scotland, since 2004. Dancers attend from all over the world; eleven countries were represented in 2011.
During the eleven-day residency period, Hay guides and coaches each dancer in the solo performance; at the conclusion of the residency, each participant agrees to a daily solo practice of the piece for a minimum of three months before any public performance.
The Solo Performance Commissioning Project uniquely demands that each dancer must raise the commissioning fee from his/her community, serving as a selection process by which a performer attends the Commissioning Project. This invested community of family; friends; corporations; and local, state or national granting agencies become the patrons for dance.
The four performers in the upcoming program include Philadelphia-based choreographer/somatic movement educator, Nicole Bindler; Chicago-based choreographer, Margi Cole (artistic director, Dance COLEctive); Finnish choreographer/dance and film artist, Rikka Theresa Innanen; and Austin-based dancer/ choregrapher/Alexander technique trainer, Sumi Komo (artisitic director; Komo Danceworks).
Deborah Hay will introduce the program each night and provide context for the Solo Performance Commissioning Project.
Performances will take place on February 15 and 16 at 7pm at Mercury Hall, 15 Cardinal Lane, Austin TX, 78704. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $10 (students w/ID and seniors).
A special benefit performance will take place on Saturday, February 18 at 7pm at South Austin Studio, 1700 Ashby Avenue, Austin TX, 78704.
Tickets for the intimate benefit performance are available for $30. Tickets may be purchased online at www.alexandermovingarts.com or at the door.
About the Artists
Deborah Hay was born in Brooklyn and as a young dancer, trained with Merce Cunningham and Mia Slavenska. Hay went on to become a member of a group of experimental artists, know as the Judson Dance Theater that was deeply influenced by Merce Cunningham and John Cage. The group became one of the most radical and explosive 20th century art movements. Hay is often known for her ideas that merged dance with other arts forms, challenging the distinction between trained and untrained performers. This work led to further reflection on how dance is transmitted and presented. In 1976, Hay relocated from the Northeast to Austin, Texas. Over the course of the next 15 years, she instituted an annual four-month group workshop that culminated in large group public performances. From these, she distilled her solo dances. Hay has since focused on solo work and is now in a stage where she redefines her inimitable choreographic solo method in collaboration with highly trained dancers.
Nicole Bindler is a body-based performing artist, inspired by her studies of new dance, dance-theater, contact improvisation, and butoh. She is also a bodyworker and uses somatic practices, such as Body-Mind Centering, Yoga and Feldenkrais as a source of creativity, inspiration and physical training. Her work has been shown throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut and Quito, Ecuador. Bindler has been presented by High Zero Festival, Transmodern Age Festival, Shawinigan Street Theater Festival, Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues and Ideas, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, D.C. Improvisation Festival, Fireside Festival, Performance Mix Festival, nEW Festival, X Fest, Bowerbird, CEC New Edge mix, First Person Arts and Irtijal09'. Her work has been supported by Philadelphia Dance Projects, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and Dance Advance. Her piece, “I made this for you”, created in collaboration with Gabrielle Revlock was finalist for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2011: Philadelphia.
Margi Cole is artistic director of The Dance COLEctive and a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Cole received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a teacher and guest lecturer, she has taught for numerous educational and professional organizations throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and the Southeast, and is often commissioned to make new work. Margi is active in the Chicago dance community, serving on grant panels and in public forums as an arts administrator, dancer, and choreographer. In 2011 she was integral in organizing both the Dance/USA and Marshall Forum annual conferences in Chicago. Cole is currently a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member. She is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago were she has served as a lecturer and associate chair.
Riikka Theresa Innanen is a Finnish Choreographer, Dancer, Video and Visual Artist. Riikka studied choreography, filming, editing and directing dance for camera at SNDO. Since 1997 she has been teaching composition and camera work (most extensively at the Amsterdam School of the Arts and Outokumpu movement research education) alongside actively participating in curating performance events, symposiums, and festivals such as Side Step Festival (2001 2009). She is also a founder member of improvisation group RIO - Real Time Orchestra and actively performs at Helsinki Meeting Point improvisation sessions for dance and music. In addition to installations, videos, and drawings she has created an outreach program based on social dreaming in collaboration with Helinä Rautavaara Museum (Espoo, Finland), which creates art projects for young immigrants and dysfunctional communities.
Sumi Komo graduated from Sarah Lawrence college with a BA in Dance and Philosophy and went on to NYC to train with Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, and Albert Reid. After teaching and performing in England and Wales for ten years, Ms. Komo returned to Boulder, Colorado where she taught at Naropa University and The University of Colorado, concurrently developing workshops for the Colorado Dance Festival on Alexander technique and dance. For the last three decades, she has found ways in both performance and teaching to interweave dance, movement, meditation, and martial arts to create subtlety and sensitivity to moment-to-moment awareness. Ms. Komo is currently the director of the ATMA Centre where she teaches the Alexander technique privately and runs a three-year, internationally approved training program for teachers of the Alexander technique.
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